UCLA Baseball Falls to Stanford, 4-1, in Series Opener

April 18, 2008

LOS ANGELES - The UCLA baseball team dropped its series opener to Stanford, 4-1, Friday evening at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Stanford (20-11-2, 7-3 Pac-10) scored three runs in the top of the first, before the Bruins (18-15, 3-4 Pac-10) limited the visiting Cardinal to one run through the final eight innings.

Left-hander Tim Murphy (3-4) was tagged with the loss, allowing three runs and five hits in five innings. Murphy logged four strikeouts and issued a career-high seven walks.

Stanford's David Stringer (1-0) earned his first victory of the season, limiting UCLA to two hits in 2.1 scoreless innings of relief. Stringer finished the evening with four strikeouts and two walks. Stanford's Drew Storen recorded his fourth save of the year, holding UCLA hitless in the eighth and ninth innings.

Bruin left-hander Matt Drummond allowed one unearned run and two hits in four innings of relief. The Paso Robles, Calif., resident registered a career-high five strikeouts and issued two walks.

First baseman Brent Milleville led the Cardinal at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a game-high two RBI. Second baseman Cord Phelps was 2-for-2 with one double, three walks, one run and one RBI.

Stanford claimed a 3-0 lead in the first inning. After drawing consecutive walks to open the game, catcher Jason Castro singled home Phelps to give the Cardinal a 1-0 lead. A double to the gap in left-center field by Milleville plated two runners, handing Stanford a 3-0 cushion.

UCLA scored one run in the bottom of the fifth. Catcher Ryan Babineau opened the frame by reaching first base safely on a fielding error by third baseman Zach Jones. After stealing second base, Babineau moved to third on a bunt single by second baseman Niko Gallego. A fielder's choice by left fielder Alden Carrithers plated Babineau.

Stanford added its fourth run of the evening in the top of the eighth. Shortstop Jake Schlander reached second base on a fielding error by right fielder Chris Giovinazzo. With one out, Phelps followed with a single up the middle to drive home Schlander.

UCLA and Stanford resume their three-game series Saturday, April 19, at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Game time is 2 p.m. Right-hander Charles Brewer (4-3) takes the hill for UCLA, as Stanford will send right-hander Erik Davis (5-1) to the mound.

Game Notes: Stanford snapped a four-game losing streak in the series against UCLA...the Bruins last lost to Stanford on May 20, 2006...UCLA escaped a second-inning jam, as Tim Murphy recorded a strikeout and induced a ground ball double play with the bases loaded and the Bruins trailing, 3-0...Bruin pitchers have allowed just eight earned runs in the last 27.0 innings (three games), posting a 2.67 ERA and a .228 opponent batting average in that span.

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